Nov 14

Sky Report: November 15 – November 21

The highlight this week is an eclipse of the moon on the morning of Friday the 19th. The good news is that we can see the entire eclipse (and that’s true from the entire USA) but the bad news is that it happens early in the morning (half of all astronomical events happen after midnight!). […]

Nov 8

Sky Report: November 8 – November 14

The moon is nicely placed for observing this week, moving eastward day-by-day (or night-by-night) in the evening sky. It begins this week in the summer constellation Sagittarius and moves through the autumn constellations Capricornus, Aquarius, and Pisces – and ends the week in Cetus! Cetus, the Whale or Sea Monster, is not a constellation of […]

Oct 31

Sky Report: November 1-November 7

In early November Venus is at its best, shining brilliantly low in the southwest. It’s certainly bright, but it’s not as high as it could be. The line in the sky that marks the path of the planets is called the “ecliptic”, and you can visualize it tonight by drawing a line through Venus, Saturn, […]

Oct 23

Sky Report: October 25- October 31

The three bright planets visible tonight are Jupiter and Saturn in Capricornus and Venus in Ophiuchus. Ophiuchus? Yes, it’s the “13th constellation of the zodiac” and Venus is within its boundaries from October 21 until November 1 before moving on to Sagittarius. You can see Ophiuchus in the southwest during the early evening. When the […]

Oct 17

Sky Report – October 18 – October 24

This is not the best week for stargazing because the moon is full on Wednesday the 20th and its bright light washes out all but the planets and the brighter stars all this week. To be exact, the moon is full at 8:57:39 a.m. that morning, which is the precise moment when the moon is […]

Oct 11

Sky Report: October 11 – October 17, 2021

Three of the four bright planets are easy to spot in the evening sky, and in order of appearance they’re Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn. Mars is behind the sun and cannot be seen. Venus appears first because it’s the brightest, and in fact it’s so bright you can see it during the daytime with your […]

Oct 2

Sky Report: October 4 – October 10

Three bright planets are out tonight and two of them are brighter than any star, so it’s a good time to be planet-watching. Brightest and first to appear is Venus, poetically called the “Evening Star”. Venus is a quarter of the way up the southwestern sky at the moment of sunset, and you can spot […]

Sep 26

Sky Report: September 27-October 3

Beginning with planets, Venus, being the brightest, is the first to appear. Look for it low in the west for the hour or so after sunset. It’s so bright you can see it long before the sky is fully dark if you know where to look, and it’s even easier if you use binoculars. Venus […]

Sep 18

Sky Report September 20 – September 26

Autumn begins on Wednesday, September 22nd, precisely at 1:20 p.m. MDT. That’s the moment when the sun, in it’s apparent annual motion around the sky (the reflection of the earth’s motion around the sun) crosses the sky’s celestial equator. The celestial equator is the projection of the earth’s equator into space; during the summer the […]

Sep 12

Sky Report: September 13 – 19

Beginning with planets, the first to appear as darkness falls is Venus, in the southwest. At the moment of sunset it’s 18° above the horizon, as seen from Kanab, and you can spot it with binoculars. An hour later it’s only 7° high and you may need to peer between buildings or trees to see […]